Happily, this past year has witnessed an unprecedented explosion of eye-opening books on a wide array of truly consequential topics.
To read these books is to rethink just about everything the media have told us and historians have very nearly sold us. Let them be your 12 drummers drumming this Christmas.
"Blacklisted by History." In this masterful instant classic, M. Stanton Evans sets out to tell the "Untold Story of Joe McCarthy" and does so definitively.
"My Grandfather's Son." If Clarence Thomas had done no more than tell of his coming of age under the firm hand of his extraordinary grandfather the book would be worth the price of admission.
"Sacred Causes." Secular British historian Michael Burleigh does for Pope Pius XII what Evans does for Joe McCarthy. He unravels one of history's greatest libels and traces it to its very red roots.
"The Forgotten Man." Of course, the New Deal was a botch. Eight years after FDR launched it, the unemployment rate was still in excess of 10 percent. ABETTO indeed! Amity Shlaes brings the obvious to light in this highly engaging, eye-popping book.
"Shadow Warriors." Ken Timmerman tells another "Untold Story," and that is of the relentless sabotage of the Bush administration by its myriad enemies in the CIA and State Department and their friends in the media, particularly the New York Times and the Washington Post.
"Sabotage," by Rowan Scarborough, sheds additional light on "America's Enemies Within the CIA" and is absolutely worth the read.
"Target." In this scary and straightforward account, Kathleen Willey reminds us how only the willful blindness of the media has kept Hillary's career alive.
"Until Proven Innocent." Although Stuart Taylor is associated with the liberal Brookings Institute, you would never guess it in reading his and KC Johnson's unsparing deconstruction of the Duke lacrosse case.
"Unholy Terror." The Democratic anti-intervention crowd has purged its memory banks of the Clinton era Balkan misadventures, the most dishonestly reported military affair since the Spanish Civil War.
"Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years." No bigger fraud has been perpetrated on the American people in my lifetime than global warming, and no more dangerous a one.
"What's So Great About Christianity." Dinesh D'Souza slices and dices his way through the anti-religion, anti-Christian media clutter and reminds so many of us why we adhere to what is easily the world's most successful tradition. Buy this book for all the Christian students in your life – and quiz them on it.
"Lone Survivor." During World War II, every school kid in America would have known the story of Marcus Luttrell and his Navy Seal comrades in Afghanistan. Today, the media conspire to keep stories of such extraordinary valor and patriotism out of the news and out of the theaters.
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